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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a poetry anthology (=a book of poems by different people)
▪ a poetry anthology containing work by modern Liverpool poets
an anthology of poems (=a book of poems by different people)
▪ She gave me an anthology of poems for children.
▪ Both books are anthologies of materials by a large number of contributors.
▪ Feminist anthologies often include a couple of pieces by young and old women.
▪ For one thing, a government agency may have commercial or political aims in commissioning surveys or anthologies.
▪ I tried to make out the cover and thought it might be a recent anthology of poetry.
▪ My response was to make one condition of my own - that the anthology should include prayers from other religions.
▪ The Anglo-Norman fabliaux are preserved in manuscripts that are miscellaneous literary anthologies.
▪ The entire history on which our leading Occidental religions have been founded is an anthology of fictions.
▪ The story of his being signed to Restless Records is itself worthy of inclusion in an anthology somewhere.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anthology \An*thol"o*gy\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. 'anqolo`gos flower gathering; 'a`nqos flower + le`gein to gather.]

  1. A discourse on flowers. [R.]

  2. A collection of flowers; a garland. [R.]

  3. A collection of flowers of literature, that is, beautiful passages from authors; a collection of poems or epigrams; -- particularly applied to a collection of ancient Greek epigrams.

  4. (Gr. Ch.) A service book containing a selection of pieces for the festival services.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, "collection of poetry," from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia "collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors," literally "flower-gathering," from anthos "a flower" (see anther) + logia "collection, collecting," from legein "gather" (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, "flowers" of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.


n. 1 A collection of literary works, such as poems or short stories. 2 (context by extension English) An assortment of things.


n. a collection of selected literary passages

Anthology (UFO album)

Anthology is a greatest hits collection by the British hard rock band UFO, released in 1986. It was published by Castle Communications, under licence from Chrysalis Records, the original label of UFO.


An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts. In genre fiction anthology is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories and short novels, usually collected into a single volume for publication.

The term is also applied in non-literary areas like collections of video games.

The complete collections of works are often called Complete Works or Opera Omnia ( Latin language equivalent).

Anthology (Alien Ant Farm album)

Anthology (styled as ANThology) is the second album by Alien Ant Farm released on March 6, 2001 in the United States and March 19, 2001 in Australia and the UK. It is the first major label album of the band. Similarly to how their debut album was entitled Greatest Hits, the album is not a compilation album.

" Smooth Criminal" was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games on May 5, 2009. The rest of the album has been licensed for release on the Rock Band Network over the course of 2011–12, starting with "Movies" and "Courage" and continuing with three songs per quarter until the full album is released.

Anthology (Bryan Adams album)

Anthology is a compilation album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams which contains songs he recorded from 1978 through 2005. The two disc set includes songs from 1980–2005. A third disc which was a DVD live concert which was recorded in mid-2005 called "Live in Lisbon" was included in North America for a limited time. All the songs are in chronological order of their release, except the last song on the first disc on the North American edition, which was released in 1999. The album's enclosed booklet has notes about the process of the recordings and the credits for each track. The collection sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.

Anthology (Carly Simon album)

Anthology is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's 26th album, and first anthology album, released in November 2002. It is a two-disc set with all the songs personally picked by Simon. Over the course of the two discs, every one her studio albums (up until that point) is represented with at least one song (not including her just-released Christmas album or her 1993 opera, Romulus Hunt: A Family Opera, on which she only actually performs on one track). The booklet features numerous photographs from Simon's archives, as well as extensive liner notes by Jack Mauro, a lifelong fan of Simon's.

Anthology (Michael Jackson album)

Anthology is a compilation of Motown hits by pop and R&B singer Michael Jackson with additional hits by The Jackson 5 and rare, unreleased material from 1973. The album was originally released in the U.S. on November 14, 1986 and re-released on November 8, 1995 and has sold three million copies worldwide.

In 2008, in celebration of Jackson's 50th birthday, Anthology was re-released under Universal Music's Gold series.

Anthology (Selena album)

Anthology is a three-disc/three-cassette box set that provides a comprehensive overview of Selena's brief career. The set is divided into three parts—a disc of mariachi, a disc of cumbia and a disc of pop recordings, many of which are in English. Most but not all are either Remix, Club Remix, or different style, and version of all songs listed here.

Anthology (The Jackson 5 album)

Anthology was originally released as a triple-album set by legendary Motown family unit, The Jackson 5, in 1976. It was at this point that most of the Jacksons (with the glaring exception of Jermaine Jackson) had left the label to join CBS Records. Motown president Berry Gordy once said that the Jackson 5 were "the last superstars to come off the Motown assembly line"; after the group left the label, Motown would not have another act to equal its success until Boyz II Men in the 1990s.

Later repackagings of Anthology have compiled it as a double compact disc set. The most recent re-release, issued by Motown in 2000 (the first time the release doesn't contain any hits from Michael or Jermaine), was repackaged in 2005 in North America as part of its Gold series, and in 2006 internationally as The Jackson 5 Story.

Anthology (The Temptations album)

Anthology: The Temptations is one of three greatest hits collections released by Motown Records covering the work of soul/ R&B group The Temptations. The initial release was a vinyl three-LP set issued on August 23, 1973, which covered the group's work up to that point. A compact disc double album version was issued in 1986, including five additional tracks recorded between 1973 and 1984. The third and final version of Anthology, also a 2-CD release, was issued on May 23, 1995 with a further re-tooled track listing. In 2003, the album was ranked number 398 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Anthology (Chuck Berry album)

Anthology is a two-disc compilation album by rock and roll performer Chuck Berry released on July 27, 2000 by Chess Records. The album is intended as an overview of Chuck Berry's song-writing career. It is a two-disc anthology which contains 50 tracks of Chuck Berry's finest songs. It contains every track issued on the previous anthology The Great Twenty-Eight. The album was later reissued and packaged in 2005 as part of Universal Records' Gold series, and simply retitled Gold.

Anthology (Colosseum album)

Anthology is a 2000 compilation album by Colosseum.

Anthology (Generation X compilation)

Anthology is a three- CD boxed set of recordings from punk rock band Generation X. Released in 2003, it features a selection of tracks from the band's three studio albums, the previously unreleased studio album Sweet Revenge, and a 1979 live recording from Osaka, Japan. Also featured are several studio rarities, alternate mixes, and an interview recorded with bassist Tony James.

Anthology (Cameo album)

Anthology is a 2-disc greatest hits album released by the funk/ R&B group Cameo in 2002. The collection is arguably the best representation of Cameo released to date, containing 23 of their 26 Top-40 R&B hits, though the top 5 single "You Make Me Work" is not present. This collection was repackaged and retitled as Gold three years later.

Anthology (Christie Front Drive album)

Anthology is a compilation album by American indie rock/ emo band Christie Front Drive. The album was released in 1995 by Caulfield Records. It is a compilation of the band's first 12" and 7" releases up to 1995, however excluding the three songs from their split EP with Boy's Life.

Anthology (Obituary album)

Anthology is a 2001 (see 2001 in music) greatest hits album by American death metal band Obituary.

Anthology (The Band album)

Anthology is a 2- LP greatest hits compilation by the Canadian-American rock group the Band, released in 1978. In 1982, the set was re-released as two separate albums, Anthology Volume 1 and Anthology Volume 2. In 1988 it was reissued on CD, again in separate volumes.

Anthology (disambiguation)

An anthology is a collection of literary works.

Anthology may also refer to:

  • Anthology film, a film consisting of several short films
  • Anthology Film Archives, a New York City film archive and theater specializing in avant-garde, experimental, and independent cinema
  • Anthology series, a radio or television program with a changing cast or format
  • Anthologies (Magic: The Gathering), a compilation set
  • Anthology (music venue), a music venue and restaurant in San Diego, CA
  • Anthology (band), a metal band from Slovakia
Anthology (Bruce Dickinson video)

Anthology is a 3 disc compilation DVD by Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden. The DVD features three live performances as well every single promotional video made during Dickinson's solo career. The DVD also includes over an hour of extras and unreleased footage. It was released on 19 June 2006 and features a special cardboard sleeve and an 8-page booklet. The cover features William Blake's watercolour/inking The Whirlwind: Ezekiel's Vision of the Cherubim and Eyed Wheels.

Anthology (Oingo Boingo album)

Anthology is Oingo Boingo's third compilation album. This two-disc career retrospective is the first Oingo Boingo release to contain material from the band's work with I.R.S. Records, A&M Records, MCA Records, and Giant Records.

Anthology (Marvin Gaye album)

Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye is a double CD chronology of American singer Marvin Gaye's career throughout his twenty-year tenure with Motown Records from his first big hit, 1962's " Stubborn Kind of Fellow", to his final Motown R&B charter, " Heavy Love Affair" in 1981. The anthology also covered a set of duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross, as well as unreleased recordings from the 1960s and 1970s.

Gaye's Anthology set was actually released a total of three times in different track listings. The 1974 original, which charted, featured singles spanning from his 1962's "Stubborn" to material from his What's Going On album, while a 1986 re-issue featured songs from Let's Get It On, I Want You and duets with Diana Ross.

The 1995 re-issue deleted some of the duets from the other two releases and included material from Gaye's later period (1978–1981). The set has since been out of stock for some time.

Anthology (Steve Miller Band album)

Anthology is the first greatest hits compilation album for the Steve Miller Band, covering material from their first seven albums (though there are no selections from either Children of the Future or Rock Love). It has been certified Gold in the United States.

Anthology (The Clean album)

Anthology is a collection of early material by the New Zealand band The Clean, most of which had previously been out of print and hard to find. It was released by Flying Nun Records in 2002.

The band's early releases, which had been only available on vinyl in the early 1980s, are included in their entirety. Anthology opens with the two tracks from The Clean's debut single, Tally Ho!, all five tracks of the Boodle Boodle Boodle EP, and all seven from Great Sounds Great, Good Sounds Good, So-so Sounds So-so, Bad Sounds Bad, Rotten Sounds Rotten. "At the Bottom" and "Getting Older" were released as a 45" single in 1983.

Anthology (Asia album)

Anthology is a compilation by Asia highlighting the John Payne era up to 1997. Re-recordings of John Wetton-era material were prompted by a lawsuit filed by Wetton when the original versions were used on the initial release in Japan. New versions were allowed, as well as a cover of the GTR track, "The Hunter".

Anthology (Patrice Rushen album)

Anthology of Patrice Rushen is a compilation of the mainly R&B charting works of Patrice Rushen on the Elektra Records label from nascent late 70's singles like "Hang It Up" to the then-recent 1984 hit "Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)." Anthology was released just after Rushen's last Elektra studio album Now and just before her Arista Records debut Watch Out!.

This collection was released only in the United States on cassette and LP. There was never a compact disc issue of the release.

Anthology (The Supremes album)

Anthology, also known as Anthology: The Best of The Supremes, first released in May 1974, is a series of same or similarly titled compilation albums by The Supremes. Motown released revised versions in 1986, 1995 and 2001. In its initial version, a 35-track triple record collection of hits and rare material, the album charted at #24 on Billboard's " Black Albums" and #66 on " Pop Albums". In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine listed the 2001 version of the album at #431 in its list of " Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Without specifying which edition, music journalist Robert Christgau lists the album as part of his recommended "core collection" of albums representing rock music before 1980.

According to Motown data, the 1974 and 1986 releases combined sold over 1,100,000 copies in the USA, while the 1995 edition sold around 125,000 copies. The fourth and final edition released in 2001 managed to sell around 75,000 USA copies.

Anthology (Steve Alaimo album)

Anthology is a 31-track collection of songs that Steve Alaimo recorded during the sixties and seventies.

Anthology (The Miracles album)

Anthology is the first compilation album by American rhythm and blues group The Miracles. It was released in 1974 by Motown Records.

Anthology (Can album)

Anthology, also called Anthology 1968–1993, is a compilation double album by Krautrock artists Can which was released in 1994. Several of the songs are presented in edited form. The first CD has the same track listing as Can's previous compilation, Cannibalism.

Anthology (Saxon album)

Anthology is a compilation album by the British heavy metal band Saxon released in 1988 (see 1988 in music) as a double LP.

Anthology (Ben E. King album)

Anthology was released in 1993 and remains the biggest single Ben E. King album to date. This two-disc collection spans 50 songs covering his entire career to this point.

16 songs on the album are not necessarily hits but are nonetheless included to provide insight on King's history.

Anthology (House of Lords album)

Anthology is a compilation of rare demos and live recordings by House of Lords, released on October 14, 2008.

The album was mixed and produced by the band's original drummer Ken Mary.

Anthology (Sammy Hagar album)

The Anthology is a unique Sammy Hagar compilation album, in that it combines tracks from both of his Capitol Records and Geffen Records eras. Additionally, four tracks from his two Montrose albums on Warner Bros. Records are included.

Anthology (Stella Parton album)

Anthology is the fourth compilation album by singer Stella Parton.

Anthology (Rough Cutt album)

Anthology is a collection of previously unreleased Rough Cutt material.

The Fiddler's Studio Sessions were recorded before the band's first album was recorded.

An earlier version of "Try a Little Harder", with Craig Goldy on guitar, was released on the KLOS 95 1/2: Rock to Riches compilation in 1983. The song "Prowler" was re-recorded for inclusion on Rough Cutt Live as one of 3 studio bonus tracks.

"Dreamin' Again", "Try a Little Harder", "Crank It Up" and "Street Gang Livin'" were all performed live on the 'Rock Palace' TV show, taped on January 1, 1984 at the Hollywood Palace, now the Avalon Hollywood.

Anthology (Jasper Wrath album)

Anthology: 1969-1976 is a compilation album by Connecticut-based progressive rock band Jasper Wrath. It features material from their 1971 self-titled debut album, the 1975 "You/General Gunther" single, two 1977 albums which were released using fake band names, and previously unreleased live material and demos.

Anthology (New Grass Revival album)

Anthology is the title of a 1990 compilation album by progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival.

Anthology (Pete Townshend album)

Anthology is a 2005 double compilation album of Pete Townshend's solo career. The album was originally released in Europe by SPV/Revisited Records on 10 October 2005. The US release by Hip-O Records were released on 15 November 2005 as part of the Gold album series, with alternate cover and reduced pricing but identical content.

Anthology (Anvil album)

Anthology of Anvil is a compilation album by Canadian heavy metal band Anvil.

Anthology (B-Sides & Unreleased)

Anthology (B-Sides & Unreleased) is an Compilation album by rapper AZ, which was released on November 18, 2008. The album contains songs from past albums that went under the radar and also unreleased tracks & remixes from 1995 to 2008.

Anthology (music venue)

Anthology was a 13,000 square foot, 325-seat live music venue and fine dining restaurant located at the south end of the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, California. It opened in summer 2007 and captured a modern feel of supper clubs of the 1930s and 40s in downtown San Diego. With a cost of over $6.5 million to build, including over $1 million spent on sound engineering, acoustics, and state of the art audio and video equipment, this venue quickly garnered national and international attention, and was considered by many of the Grammy award winning artists that played there to be one of the finest venues in the world to play in.

In addition, over 10 Emmy nominations were presented to Anthology during its tenure for its raw footage production of its concerts (see Anthology YouTube videos on Anthology website), an unprecedented occurrence for any music venue in the United States.

Anthology closed abruptly in January 2013 because of a divorce between the owners, and was eventually sold to a Los Angeles restaurant and entertainment conglomerate.

Anthology (Quarashi album)

Anthology is a compilation album from Quarashi.

Anthology (Thrice album)

Anthology is the second live album by Thrice, recorded during the band's farewell tour in May and June 2012. The album was released on October 30, 2012 on two CDs, and as a quadruple 180 gram LP box set limited to 3000 copies. The album consists of 24 of the 25 most-played songs on the tour, and features tracks from 2001's Identity Crisis through 2011's Major/Minor.

The cover art for the album is a map of the highways and major streets from the band's hometown of Orange, CA.

Anthology (Bic Runga album)

Anthology is the fifth album, a greatest hits compilation by New Zealand singer-song writer and multi-instrumentalist Bic Runga. The album was initially set to be released on 23 November 2012, but it was confirmed on 12 November 2012 the album had been rescheduled for release on 1 December 2012 in New Zealand. The album cover was revealed on 29 October 2012.

Anthology (band)

Anthology is metal band from Slovakia. It was founded by guitarist Marián Gonda and ex-bass player Ján Kičín. They are classified by critics as symphonic and power metal.

Anthology (Decyfer Down album)

Anthology is the first and only anthology album of Christian rock band Decyfer Down. It was released after the release of their third studio album, Scarecrow. This album consists of songs from End of Grey, Crash and Scarecrow.

Anthology (Ensemble Renaissance album)

Anthology is the 13th album by Ensemble Renaissance, released in 1997 on the Al Segno label in Germany. The double disc is the greatest hits compilation of the Medieval and Renaissance music; the material on this Anthology are remasters from Ensemble's LPs Greatest Hits 3, Mon amy, Hommage а l'amour.

The first disc Hommage a l'amour is a collection of the European Medieval music, beginning with goliard tunes from the codices Carmina Burana and Cambridge Songs, trouvere and minnesanger songs, Spanish monophonic songs from the Cantigas de Santa Maria and polyphonic songs from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, traveler's dances from the Balkan, England, France, and especially Italian Trecento dances from the famous London manuscript 29987. The second disc Mon amy is dedicated to the friendly atmosphere of the Renaissance music with works from the Cancionero de Palacio, dance collections by Tielman Susato, Claude Gervaise, Michael Praetorius, Italian renaissance madrigals and tunes, and also music of the Elizabethan epoch and Shakespeare's theatre, including John Dowland.

Anthology (Kate Ceberano album)

Anthology is the 24th album by Australian singer songwriter, Kate Ceberano. The album is a three-disc, 53-track greatest hits collection spanning her 30-year career and features all of her hits as well as rarities, live tracks, special projects, and duets with John Farnham, Ronan Keating, Paul Kelly, Wendy Matthews and David Campbell.

"I'm immensely proud of this collection of songs. It is my life's work in song to date and it's been amazing revisiting these memories. I hope everyone enjoys them as much as me," Kate said in a statement. Anthology was released on May 6.

Usage examples of "anthology".

SF anthology this year, although there were several anthologies with one or two good stories apiece in them.

Greenberg, and John Heifers, an anthology of fairy-tales retold as science fiction, has some clever stuff in it.

Still, if you set aside considerations of genre or of critical canon-forming, what you get is an anthology with some really good stuff to read in it.

William Schafer and Bill Sheehan, is an anthology of stories supposedly inspired by the work of artist J.

Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, probably the best reprint anthology of the decade so far, and one of the best to come out in the last ten years as well.

Otten, which could also be considered to be a fantasy anthology instead, I suppose, depending on how you squint at it.

Reprints and anthology appearances of his stories have mounted into the hundreds and the presentations of his stories on radio and television is rapidly approaching the 100 mark.

The Iron Curtain countries do not have copyright agreements with the United States, and this anthology stands unique as the first from that part of the world actually to send American authors payment for republished stories.

Judy, that when I was thirteen years old, I picked up an anthology of yours in a little town in North Dakota where I was living, and for the first time I knew that things could be different.

I had a full-time job, a child in first grade, an anthology to learn how to edit, and a new husband.

I tell you about the hard-cover anthology I was waiting for the word on?

But much later, in 1985, Ellen Godfrey at Press Porcepic asked me if I would do an anthology of Canadian science fiction.

And enough of the others succeed on the terms of the anthology to make it worth a look.

The stories in this anthology all feed directly into the development of the series as a whole.

Jordan decided we really needed a SR anthology and he wanted to make it into a braided novel.